9 Bonamy St.
Hello Sweetheart, [By the way, her letters to Jones were addressed the same way.]
I went to Sutton yesterday after writing you and found Bill in. We chatted quite awhile and then went out to a small tea chop for a bite to eat. Bill is putting on weight and looks splendid. He is a full corporal now and is as proud as Lucifer. I am glad for his sake that he is getting on as it will give him great encouragement. He is intensely interested in his work and will make good in the long run. He will be away for two weeks but when he returns he will get in touch with me and we shall make arrangements to spend Xmas together.
After leaving Bill, I went over to see if there was any mail at 23 Marchmont Rd. I was awfully disappointed to find none. Not a letter from you for ten days! Almost too much to endure. Miss Sendamore and Emily, her maid, were in. Betty would not return with Miss Fisher until Monday morning. Miss Sendamore and I talked before the gas grate until almost nine o'clock. She related the terrible experience they had had Friday night when sixty or seventy high explosives were dropped in that neighborhood. Fires were started in all directions. Fortunately Betty had stayed with her Friday night. They were alone in the dugout and were evidently quite brave. They went up to the surface in the midst of it and as they said, the many fires and flares round about made it as light as day. Planes were humming overhead in great numbers. Many buildings were burned in the business section and two incendiaries pierced the roof of the school. They were extinguished immediately by Wheatly, the man in charge. Betty got away with Miss Fisher Saturday afternoon. Neither of them saw the play in London they had planned to see. The play was "price and Prejudice." Miss Sendamore and Betty went out to offer assistance in putting out an incendiary bomb and took the pail of sand and a shovel with them. Just before they arrived at the bomb, a gentleman was throwing sand on it when it exploded and injuried him so that he had to go to hospital. Lucky indeed for Miss Sendamore and Betty. This is the new kind of incendiary bomb that Jerry is using. It burns away and when it is bothered or touched the d-m thing explodes and scatters missiles about. Jerry is a fiendish sort of fighter and will stoop to the lowest and meanest tricks.
The weather was ever so much warmer today. We carried on with the shingling or rather removing of slate shingles and applying asphalt roofing.
Do you know it, I am putting on weight like anything? My coat is becoming very tight for me across the shoulders. It must be due to eating so much bread, jam and cheese and oh yes, margarine. Mrs. Doran is very funny. She informed me Sunday morning that I must have come out of the ark (only one of the species I gather she means). I must take care and not eat too much or at least not to put on too much weight or I won't be able to carry any bombs along with me when I visit Berlin.
Olive (Mrs. Garvin) telephoned Miss Sendamore while I was there. While in conversation with her she asked me to spend Xmas with her and Douglas as they had decided not to go to Chippenham. I am not deciding until I hear from Bill. Likely Bill and I shall just crawl off by ourselves and spend a very quiet day.
I am awful lonesome for you Sweetheart. I dread the thought of Xmas without you with me. Can't you crawl into an envelope, put the stamp on before you do, and wiggle yourself to a letter box? Gee, I want you so and just to be teased by you would be Heaven. My whole heart of love for you Sweetheart. A very big hug and kiss, an extra one for Xmas and may the day be as bright and merry as possible for you. If you see your Mother and the rest of the family before Xmas please give them all my love and assure them that I would write all if time and money would permit. I work from daylight to dark and by the time I get cleaned up and write you and Mother, the Bannisters, Slade or someone else there is not much time left. I trust you to spread the news as much as possible whenever you meet or see people.
By the way Sweetheart, I have paid off 5 pounds, 10 shillings of my indebtedness here, since I started work. By the time you receive this letter I shall be practically out of debt.
Again heaps of love and may God answer our prayers before long. I don't believe He is holding anything against us Sweetheart. With your confidence in me, I am double reassured that things will yet turn out alright.
Take good care of yourself and try not to worry. It is you and you only that I am trying to do things for and it won't be very long before you see results.